Un-Nooh! Missed pot costs Thai snooker player HK$500,000
Thepchaiya Un-Nooh only needed the black for a 147, but rushed it and missed – and then tournament organisers told him the jackpot he missed out on
What's worse than fluffing a maximum break in snooker on the very last ball? Discovering that mistake just cost you HK$500,000.
That was the cruel fate that befell Thailand's aptly named Thepchaiya Un-Nooh at the UK Championships late Tuesday when a rushed final pot saw the black ricochet off the cushion.
Thepchaiya could barely believe his misfortune, returning to his seat crestfallen, his head in his hands.
But the poor player's disappointment was compounded after the match against Australia's Neil Robertson when he was informed a successful maximum break would have netted him £44,000 (HK$513, 774) from the tournament organisers.
“£44,000? I wish you'd told me before the black,” Thepchaiya replied. “There was too much pressure.”
Only a handful of professional players can boast of a maximum 147 break.
“I think that he had pressure because it was on live with many cameras around,” said Borrirak Jongchotchatchawal, manager of the Hi-End snooker club in Bangkok where Thepchaiya often practises.
“I feel bad for him more that he missed the chance to make a maximum break rather than the money – he can make money later,” he added.
Other Thai snooker fans sent messages of support on Facebook.
“What a shame really on the last ball,” wrote follower Vitoon Sunakerd. “This was a big game for him and we are supporting you.”
Thepchaiya went on to lose his match to world number three Robertson at the UK Championship in York.
“Poor Thepchaiya,” the Australian said after the match. “That prize would have meant a lot to him.”